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due process of law

the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers.
Also called due process, due course of law.
Origin of due process of law
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for due process
  • One of the things you learn in law school is that a trial, to comport with due process, must have dignity.
  • But you do have a right to be free from forced medication, of any kind, with out due process to remove those rights.
  • It's all too easy to jump into the angry mob and forget due process.
  • But liberty, and the safeguards inherent in due process, remain strong.
  • Whether his decision was wise or not is debatable, but it was certainly legal and within the requirements of due process.
  • But there is no excuse for the denial of due process to these prisoners.
  • In the adversary trial the traditional role of the lawyer contributes to the appearance of due process of law.
  • He has the power to make sure you're locked up, but you have to go through due process.
  • Many police departments now have their own legal offices and are getting advice from the inside on how to respect due process.
  • None of this is easily reconciled with any conception of due process or fair treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for due process

due process of law

the administration of justice in accordance with established rules and principles
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due process in Culture

due process of law definition

The principle that an individual cannot be deprived of life, liberty, or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards. The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution guarantee that any person accused of a crime must be informed of the charges, be provided with legal counsel, be given a speedy and public trial, enjoy equal protection of the laws, and not be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, unreasonable searches and seizures, double jeopardy, or self-incrimination.

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